First Exhibition

We started off the course with an opening Exhibition…

Visual Display for Exhibition by Ruth Linnell
Visual Display for Exhibition by Ruth Linnell
Visual Display for Exhibition by Ruth Linnell

I chose to display some recent work which discussed our limited capacity to empathise with refugees. DETENTION CAMPS <—– BBC Broadcast at 10PM on 06/09/2017 Reported the conditions of Libyan Detention camps. Although these were shocking, the report showed films of smiling faces which made me start to question how our perspectives are completely constrained by personal experience and background.

I wanted to discuss this by using repetitive imagery, alternating each printed imaged to convey a different perspective, both physically and conceptually. I found containing images within boarders had a lyrical connection to the issue of immigration, boxing a human situation into a form or government document. This was discussed through the positioning of the image on a filing cabinet.

How does written documentation contain our perspective?

How can we look at things holistically?

 Is this even possible considering we can never escape the boundaries of our own experience?

The back story…

‘A memorial to the lives of Syrian Refugees lost at sea’ by Ruth Linnell

I wanted to start my blog by referencing where I have come from. I am interested in using Art as a platform to reconcile and create space for reflection of events which occur in the world around us, both historically and presently.

Living in a world which is moving faster than ever before, where thousands of visual images are processed in seconds through social media, I want to provide space for us to question and reflect.

A simple act of looking.

During my Art foundation I started to create memorial art for the lives of Syrian Refugees lost and drowned at sea. My work discussed material as a form of communicating an abstracted physical repetition of their deaths. I created rectangular sculptures in ice, which were representative of an individuals soul. As these were left floating in water, their ephemeral quality resulted in evaporation of any previous physicality. This meant that the process of performing what became a memorial ceremony, was very personal and only could be documented through photography and film.

The exploration of how material comments on social, historical and political issues is key to my practise.